Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Sandlot Life

Have you ever seen the movie "Sandlot"? If you haven't you should rent it, especially if you have boys. It is really a cute movie. When I was growing up, it was in the 60s and it was a safer time. We lived in a new neighborhood where there was lots of new construction and lots of open fields and a creek. It was a time when kids could jump on their bikes and say "see ya later, Mom," and be gone all day. My sisters and brother would get with all the other neighbor kids and make forts and have adventures. It was a very fun time. I had a great childhood. I wanted my kids to have those same kind of carefree summers where they have adventures. In today's world, we cannot just let our children ride bikes freely all over the place, we need to keep a very close eye on them. Sometimes it is hard for boys to find fun things to do just in the backyard.

The other day my son, Hayden, had his friend, Nick, spend the night (click here to read more and see photos). When they woke up the next day they wanted to build a fort. We already have a little fort that matches our fencing, but they wanted to add to it. I said I thought it would be okay, but we needed to check with Dad. When my hubby got home we asked him. I told him that even though it might not be the prettiest thing, it will bring Hayden much joy and give him a great experience. He also will have to be using many skills as he was building it, like math skills and wood working skills. Eric said that it would be fine.

The first problem they had to solve was where to get the wood. They rode their bikes to a new neighborhood that is being built and asked the workmen if they could have wood from the scrap pile. The men told them to take as much as they wanted. So, I drove my van over there and they loaded up! They were so blessed with great finds! They got lots of big sheets of plywood and a lot of 2x4 studs! They were so happy! I love projects like this that promote not only fun, but creativity, and cooperation, plus problem solving skills! They were having so much fun and actually quite proud of themselves! Look how far they have come along! Nick ended up staying three nights! They worked very hard on the fort, but did take a few breaks. Grayson took them to the river for an afternoon on one of the days. Later we met Grayson and Rachelle at our cute little ice cream shop. This ice cream shop is new to our town and it is so much fun! They have lots of flavors and it is just a short bike ride from our house. It was nice to take a relaxing little break. Well, the break is over, now back to work! One more trip to the scrap pile. This time we got the roofing materials! I went out to snap a picture to show their progress and found this. Now Nick had a problem and he solved it! He need to reach the top of the fort and had no ladder, so this is what he came up with. Don't you love the big rock that is holding the crate in place? LOL! Notice the two retro bottle Cokes sitting on the railing........Nick's mother was so sweet and she brought them over for the boys when she brought Nick another change of clothes. I could not believe how many hours the boys put into making this fort. I am so thankful that they had the idea and they had the opportunity to do this. Here they are standing proudly in their new fort. It's not quite done yet, but almost! That evening both boys had that look on their face that they were so happy with what they accomplished and really proud that they created something!

I am thankful that all of my boys have been able to make forts and have the carefree summers like they show in the Sandlot. I am so thankful that Hayden has his friend Nick. Nick used to live down the street and the boys were friends since they were 3 years old, but then Nick moved away in about 2nd grade. Hayden has lots of friends, but lately I have been praying specifically that Hayden would have a friend that brought out the best in him and he brings out the best in his friend. I have prayed that they will be creative and productive and not want to just play videos. God has been so good and faithful and we found out that Nick has moved back to our town! I am so thankful!
I hope you will have a great day!

"Do you see the man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings." Proverbs 22:29a

Love, Sharon


Feathering My Nest said...

Sharon, What a cute post. The fort is really cool. It's wonderful to see boys out doing creative projects like this. Your ice-cream parlor is cute too. Hugs, Kathi

Julieann said...

OH!!! How can you do this to me--I have no patiences...LOL. Can you give us a hint?

The fort is awesome:)


P.S.I just adore your July Decor!

Sondra said...

I love the movie Sandlot! That is a great fort they built and I am sure they will have a lot of fun with it :)

linda said...

What a darling even brought back memories for me as a youngster. Boy or girl, being creative and building things was so much fun!

Yay to you mom for supporting his efforts, especially loading up the van not once, but twice!

Kelli said...

That looks like a fun project! My siblings and I always had a fort in the woods growing up!

Mardell said...

Oh what fun! My brothers & I made all kinds of forts in the barn & had tree houses too. After that, we graduated to a cabin in the woods with real windows & a working door. We disassembled an old pig lean-to & utilized all of the wood. Aaaah, fond memories!

The boys did an excellent job and they must be so proud. :o) Love their creativity!

PS: How's Wheeler? How's Cameron?
Hopefully doing well. :o)

Sharon said...

Good afternoon Mardell! What great memories you have with your brothers! It's so fun for kids to make forts! I was really happy with what Hayden did!

You asked about Cameron and Wheeler, well, they both are doing great! Thanks for asking! Cameron called this weekend and sounded so happy and excited. He says he has been really enjoying the work they are doing. I am so proud of him. I miss him terribly though.

Have a great evening!

:0) Sharon

Liz said...

I have to say Sharon... you have the nicest sons! I hope my little sisters meet boys from a great family like yours! :)

luvmy4sons said...

So cool! Your family sounds so awesome. I surely wish your boys lived close to mine. We could have so much fun!

Daughter of the King said...

oh this post brings back a flood of memories. My siblings and I had such fun as this to include go-carts and tree houses and everything you can think of...not ELECTRONIC fun..fresh air. comraderie with each other and friends, CHILDHOOD...Sharon you are a wise mother to encourage this....

Kelly said...

My son loves to see the things they create, it is a great influence, and I am always looking for something to occupy him, 13 is tough, cause they are not babies for sure anymore, so this was a great post for us!!


ps looking forward to the 7th!!!

Cottage Contessa said...

You and Eric are giving your sons such a wonderful life Sharon, it's awesome to see sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Judy said...

Oh what a super post. You brought back so many memories from growing up in the 60's. I miss those days.

My Grandkids ROCK said...

Sharon, I truely think that you and Eric should win an award for the coolest parents. I love to read your posts. I tell my kids about your family all the time like I know you or something:) Have a great day. I will check in on you tomorrow. Pam

A Romantic Porch said...

What a cool fort! Neat story, Sharon! Happy 4th. Your town celebration for the day sounds the best!xorachel

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